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Ancient Thai Artifacts Returned from New York Museum

BANGKOK (NNT) – The Ministry of Culture has welcomed the return of two ancient artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, celebrating a key moment in Thai-US cultural relations. The artifacts, known as “Golden Boy,” a bronze sculpture of the Hindu god Shiva, and “Kneeling Woman,” arrived in Thailand on May 20 and were formally handed over at a ceremony in Bangkok the next day.

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These 1,000-year-old sculptures had been part of the Met’s collection but were identified as having been illegally smuggled out of Thailand. Following a plan by the New York museum to ensure the legal origin of its antiquities, the two artifacts were removed from display, and plans for their return were set in motion last December.

Full story: National News Bureau of Thailand

Krajangwit Johjit
National News Bureau of Thailand

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